Whenever you see the youth, you see dreams, innovation, and new opportunities. Simply put, the youth are the future of any society. Unfortunately, most of the young people are living in desperation. If you look at the statistics, the rate of unemployment among the youth is three times that of adults. The problem affects the youth in both developed and underdeveloped countries. If we do nothing, we risk losing a whole generation that would help in solving the socio-economic challenges facing the world today.
In 2014, there were about 200 million unemployed people around the world. About 40 percent of these people were between the ages of 15 and 24. Many young people are giving up on their dreams. The least developed countries are the home to most of these young people. Creating opportunities for youth is vital for achieving overall development objectives.
Isabel dos Santos is among the few billionaires changing the narrative in Africa. Isabel is a self-made business leader who has endured the challenges faced by youth and women in the business world. Currently, she is the most influential woman in her country and the first billionaire woman in Africa. Isabel dos Santos is a game-changer and a fighter. She believes that nothing comes for free, and the youth in Africa and other developing countries should be ready to compete for opportunities with their peers in rich countries.
Esta sexta-feira,Jovens esperaram horas,em filas de mais de 2Km,para poder entrar na Feira de Emprego,do Instituto Angolano da #juventude, do Ministério da Juventude. Após mais de 24horas a organização não deu explicações e executivo não prestou declarações.#desemprego em #angola pic.twitter.com/SxPnwGTRVJ
— Isabel Dos Santos (@isabelaangola) September 7, 2019
Spearheading women empowerment
Isabel dos Santos is an engineer by trade. Being the only African woman in her electrical engineering class did not deter her from pursuing her dreams. She has worked hard to establish successful business ventures in Angola and abroad. Isabel believes that women can also achieve their goals if they are supported.
As the head of various companies in Angola, Isabel dos Santos has crafted policies that give women equal opportunities with men in her companies. Companies such as Unitel, EFACEC, Zao, CANTANDO, and SODIBA, were among the first to adopt gender equality practices in Angola. Her efforts to empower the youth and women are already bearing fruits. Many women are climbing the ranks to hold senior positions in various companies in Angola.